Searching for the One

Luke 15:4 ESV  “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?

Jesus addressed the crowd about this very common issue. If you lose one of your hundred, will you not look for it? The obvious answer to that is yes, of course we would. The number in safety is not the concern, but the one at risk is.  While we see this with sheep or cows or horses or any number of other things, it seems that in our spiritual life when we find ourselves in a place of uncertainty, we panic and believe that God has left us or that He no longer cares if He ever did. Doesn’t He see me here, my fear, my struggle, my weak faith, why isn’t He reaching out for me? Well, my friend, He is. It is His nature and always has been.

In the Old Testament, God found Abram in his father’s house, Moses in the wilderness, Gideon in the winepress, Elijah in a cave and Amos among the shepherds. He knew how to reach each one in their season and propel them into their destiny. In some cases they knew they were lost, in others, just hanging out and yet God sought them out at His timing and used them for His glory. Jesus was the same when He walked the earth. He called Nathaniel from under a tree, Zaccheus down from another, visited the Samaritan woman at the well, the cripple at Bethesda’s pool, left the multitudes to free the Gaderene demoniac, came to Peter after the resurrection to restore a broken man and finally, on the road to Damascus, broke the heart and will of a Pharisee named Saul and formed Him into a powerful, useful vessel.

The point in this is for us to realize that God never abandons us, nor fails to know exactly where we are. However, we often need to come to the point that we recognize our great need for Him. Are you feeling that, take comfort in some of His promises. Among them are “I will never leave you nor forsake you”, “If you seek Me, I will be found of You, when you seek Me with all of your heart”, “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know” and a hundred more like these. Our God loves us and delights in us far more than we could comprehend. Somehow, let that sink in, take a deep breath and worship Him for His love for us. When you do, He will be found by you, He said so.

Until Next time – Pastor Bob